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Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS)

Dear High School Junior:

The STARS Program offers academically-talented students currently in their junior year of high school, and their teachers, a rare opportunity to apply to work within a laboratory research setting with top scientists at Confluence Life Sciences, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the host institution, the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

For six weeks (Monday, June 12 through Friday, July 21, 2017) participants will join a community of investigators working under the supervision of practicing research scientists.  More than 60 scientists who work in fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics, psychology and public health will share their experiences as they and their research team direct students and teachers in research projects.

The main focus of this six-week program is to prepare and present a research paper.  Additionally, lectures by nationally-known scientists, presentations concerning the higher education admissions process and social activities are held. 

Your application must be postmarked between March 2 and March 25Tuition for the 2017 STARS Program will be $2995.  All students must pay a non-refundable, $80 application fee.  There is financial aid available but students must present a compelling reason to be considered for this assistance.  Financial aid forms are available on this website and must be submitted with your application package.

Thank you for your interest in STARS.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Kenneth R. Mares, Ph.D.
Director, STARS Program
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
(314) 516-6155